Profile of vanderla
Profile of vanderla
From Sydney, NA, Australia
Last seen drinking Nothing!
I'm only boring when I'm sober....
Shepherd Neame 1698 Celebration Ale
rated 3.1 15 years ago
Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6
Clear, amber, off-white head that runs away. Flinty/metallic hop aroma. Fleshy/stinky note, some lemon/ginger/allspice. Caught a faint whiff of pickled onion. Floral hop, dried ginger powder. Pungeant note, which reminds me of pinot noir... gamey, forest floor.... Slight toffee note, some pistachio nut, leather, dried fruit. Quite light.... there is a slight alcohol heat that thins out the mouthfeel. Wine-like, in many respects. An interesting combination... Seems strangely chaotic....could only really drink one I think.
rated 3.5 15 years ago
Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7
Nice bottle - a miniature of the large 3 Monts bottle. Dark, reddish amber; poured a big souffle head, off white, nice lace A complexity of rich malt, and an initial salt air/off/gamey note. Faint hop fruitiness warms to red wine-like berriness. Earthy, almost raw mushroom like. Hint of briney shellfish. Spirit / brandy. Musty, subtle fruit, malts, honeycomb. Fairly bitter. Thin bodied, slightly astringent, winey. Closest beer I've tasted that comes anywhere near Orval. Complexity of un-beer-like aromas & flavours makes this quite intriguing.
Charles Wells Bombardier
rated 3.8 15 years ago
Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8
Poured into a typical dimpled, handled pint glass. No haze, copper brown, with a russet tinge. Beige, uneven frothy head. Attractive. First impressions of grain husks. Some spicy, almost jammy notes. Warms to some biscuit characters, and dried fruits. Flavours of toast & malt. The grain husk note is still there. Metallic/flinty hoppiness follows, with a subtle spice note, ending with a medium-to-mild bitterness. Medium body, and finishes well. A good, robust session beer. I would like to try the cask variety.
Grand Ridge Moonshine
rated 3.9 15 years ago
Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8
Deep, clear, red/brown/mahogany. Decent heavy beige head. Dark chocolate malt, light estery note. Honeycomb & burnt sugar. Rich, chewy malt, with warming alcohol. Toasty, toffee, caramel.. Creamy & rich. Full bodied, and sticky finish. An after dinner winter warmer.
Jamieson Beast IPA
rated 4.1 15 years ago
Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8
Pours a hazy chestnut brown, with orange edge. Thick beige head. Initial hop flinty/hoppy aromas, then herbaceousness, honey, caramel malt. Opens to fruitiness.... subtle pineapple, tobacco leaf. Rich & herbal.... Campari note. Honey, pistachio, toasty. Very English, to me. Full bodied, slightly creamy, bitter. A good mouthful. Excellent drop. One of the better offerings from Jamieson.